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How to Turn a Conflict into a Conversation

Master the art of managing yourself, not them.   May 8, 2022 People will always see the world through different lenses. We can turn that into a problem or learn to manage ourselves like class acts when conflict rears its gnarly head. Whether you’re at work, at home, or shopping… Read more

Do the Opposite of What Comes Naturally, and Change the Course of Your Life

Get the truth from someone you trust, but brace yourself for what you might hear.   April 24, 2022 Coaches and mentors come in all shapes and sizes. If you are ready for change, look for people who hold a mirror up to your approaches, who ask challenging questions, and who… Read more

How to Use a Two-Part Strategy to Make Your, and Someone Else’s, Day Better

And remember, we all want the same thing. April 10, 2022 So says Peter Kaufman, a storehouse of information on living life well. He’s the CEO of Glenair, an aerospace company based in California, and the editor of Poor Charlie’s Almanack, a book about Charlie Munger. You’ve probably never heard of… Read more

Mindfulness Practice Doesn’t Make You Perfect

It won’t even eliminate discomfort — but if you embrace it, your life will be richer. March 27, 2022     If you seriously engage in a mindfulness practice it will almost certainly help you learn to laugh at yourself, or at least take yourself — your thoughts and beliefs — a bit less seriously. And who… Read more

How to Live Above the Line

And get back quickly when you fall below.     March 13, 2022 Georgia O’Keeffe said, I have been afraid every moment of my life, and it hasn’t kept me from doing anything. I too have been afraid every moment of my life, and sometimes it has kept me from doing things. I don’t… Read more

Embrace Five Words to Create Change in Your Life

And they’re not “You can never have enough.”   February 27, 2022   Don’t get me wrong. Financial and material stability matter to me — I never want to become a burden. But if you want more out of life than financial and material stability, consider what my first master’s… Read more

You Don’t Have to Stay Angry to Get What You Want

But you DO need to know what you want.   February 13. 2022   I looked at the couple facing me on a couch in my office. He was dumbfounded when she told him she wanted to end their marriage. She was seething. For years she’d been telling her partner… Read more

Let’s Stop Preaching Self-Esteem–We Need Something Else

Instead, we need to be teaching self-efficacy.   January 30, 2022   Self-esteem relies on external approval. I hear, “You look great today!” and my self-esteem soars. But tomorrow, when I hear, “Hmm, “You cut your hair,” with no ‘it looks great’ follow through, my self-esteem plummets. “Oh no, it… Read more

Today I Woke Up to the Present Moment

And I’m ready for it.   January 16, 2022   It happened last week. I had an epiphany. I’ve spent enough time with the past. I understand what happened, what it did to me, and where I need work. It’s time to stay firmly planted in the present. I’ve uncovered,… Read more

Relationships Are Hard

But keep going even when it’s hard, especially when it’s hard, because that’s how you grow up.   January 2, 2022   If I told you that my default is to think about running away when I’m frustrated, that would be true. But you wouldn’t begin to understand the depth of… Read more